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DRYWALL WALL HEATING/COOLING SYSTEM

An optimum temperature, 365 days a year

Die ModulWandheizung/Kühlung von Variotherm ist Heizung, Kühlung und fertige Wand in einem.

Wall heating is one of the oldest forms of heating. The Romans already knew the value of the comfortable warmth provided by wall heating, and used this method to heat their homes. With water-based wall heating, the surface of the entire wall is quickly and evenly heated up using a pipe system. During the summer, the same system can be used to cool the room to a comfortable temperature.

Comfortably warm thanks to radiant heat

Mit der Variotherm Wandheizung fühlen Sie sich auch bei niedrigen Vorlauftemperaturen behaglich wohl.

Wall heating uses radiant heat: the infra-red waves hit furnishings and unheated surfaces at right-angles. They emit this energy in the form of heat. The people in the room are warmed "from the inside".
We feel this warmth as being particularly natural and comfortable, since it functions according to the same principle as solar radiation.

Another benefit: almost no convection, in other words, room air is not too dry in the winter.

During the summer, the water flows through the pipes at a temperature of around 16-20 °C, keeping rooms comfortably cool.

Silent cooling during the summer

Die Wandkühlung von Variotherm arbeitet mittels Strahlungsenergie und kühlt die Räume ohne Zugluft.

With wall heating/cooling, the heat also stays outside during the summer months. Why? Cool water with a temperature of 16-20 °C flows through the pipes and cools the walls to keep the room climate comfortable and healthy. And all this with the same single system! Wall cooling also saves on up to 30% of energy costs compared to standard air conditioning units.

Since wall cooling cools by exchanging radiant heat, there is no forced air and no noise. This means that it can also run during the night.

The added bonus: no unattractive air conditioning unit needs to be attached to the wall. 

Drywall construction wall heating/cooling looks like this

The system is flexible and can be installed in any wall or roof pitch.

Where can wall heating be used in drywall construction?

Pitched surfaces? No problem!

The modular wall heating/cooling is a drywall construction system with a wide range of different panel formats. The system is flexible and can be installed in any wall or roof pitch. With a panel thickness of just 18 mm, the ModuleWall saves a great deal of space. Now, there’s nothing more to stand in the way of attic floor extensions.

During the summer, overheating in the room is also not a problem, since the pitched roofs can also cool it down using the same system.

Wall heating/cooling in roof pitches, clearly presented with a practical example >>> more

Cosy bathrooms

Die Variotherm Modulwand kann im Bad auch im Nachhinein installiert werden und macht das Badezimmer zur Wohlfühloase.

The modular wall heating can be installed in individual rooms at a later date. The bathroom gets even cosier with floor heating. The drywall construction wall and floor heating warms up quickly and heats the bathroom in an instant. Foggy mirrors after showering are a thing of the past.  

If you wish to keep your radiators in the other rooms, Variotherm can offer a solution: the VarioPump distributor station or Pump microstation with pump connects the new low-temperature system with the existing high-temperature one. The radiator pipes can still be used.

Picture hanging made easy

Mit dem Variotherm Rohrsuchgerät und der Thermofolie können die Alu-Mehrschicht-Verbundrohre bei einer Wandheizung/Kühlung auch im Nachhinein geortet werden.

Can I still locate the heating pipes after they have been installed? And can I hang pictures on the wall if I have wall heating? The answer is: yes! 

With modular wall heating/cooling, the heating and cooling pipes are inserted in the rear side of the panel. The aluminium multi-layer composite pipes are easy to locate. The pipe locator detects the Variomodular pipes thanks to their aluminium layer and indicates their presence with a beep and an LED lamp.

If the wall heating is in operation, the pipes can be easily located using thermofoil.  >>> Further information

Can I place furniture in front of the wall heating?

If too large a wall heating/cooling area is covered by furniture, the heating and cooling performance is reduced. Smaller shelves or sideboards and a couch are suitable for wall heating/cooling. A wall unit or large cupboard, for example, are not suitable, since they take up too much heating and cooling area from the wall heating/cooling system.

Our tip: decide on your room concept and interior furnishings in advance.

Constant energy saving

Save energy with a low-temperature system.

Wall heating:

Wall heating is a low-temperature system. In other words, due to the fact that the pipes are laid over a large area, this surface heating can operate with low flow temperatures. Depending on the outside temperature, it is usually sufficient when water is heated to between 26 and 38 °C. By comparison, conventional radiators require a flow temperature of up to 60 °C. The reason for this is that due to their smaller size, they only radiate heat at certain points in the room. 

Another reason why wall heating/cooling saves energy is that thanks to the radiant heat, the room air temperature can be reduced by up to 2 °C compared to convection heating systems. Even so, we feel more comfortable in the room than before. Every degree less saves around 6% heating costs per year. 

Our tip: Well insulated ceilings and outside walls reduce the heat loss in the room and save money.

Wall cooling:

If the ceiling or wall is used for cooling, the room already feels comfortable at temperatures of around 26 °C, thanks to the exchange of radiant heat. By comparison, with air conditioning, the room has to be cooled down to 23 °C to achieve the same level of comfort. Therefore, with a water-bearing surface cooling system, you save up to 30 percent on energy costs.

On top of this, the wall is cooled silently, and without using forced air.

Wall heating compared to floor heating

ie Variotherm ModulWand ist für den Trockenbau konzipiert und somit auch das ideale Produkt für die sanfte Sanierung. Im Winter können Sie damit heizen und im Sommer kühlen.

Compared to the floor, a wall offers a larger exchange area for heating and cooling. More radiant energy is received by the people in the room than with floor heating systems

For a better explanation, a brief excursion into the world of physics. With radiant heat the infrared rays are emitted at right-angles to the wall. This means that they exchange radiant heat directly with the person in the room. The body is warmed “from the inside”. With floor heating, only a lower percentage of the potential surface area of a person’s skin is exposed for the direct exchange of radiant heat.

Depending on a person’s need for warmth, with wall heating, they can choose how far away they are from the heating surface themselves. With floor heating, they are in direct contact with the heating surface. 

Another advantage compared to screed floor heating is that wall heat reacts more quickly. This means that it can respond faster to temperature fluctuations, for example when the sun warms the room in the interim period during the afternoon. 

Wall and floor heating combined = 100% comfort!

And one more benefit: During the summer, the wall cools the rooms to a pleasant and healthy temperature.

One system – many benefits

Enjoy all-round radiant heat! With wall heating/cooling, your home becomes an oasis of wellbeing with optimal temperatures, regardless of the season.  

The benefits for you

  • Invisibly installed in the wall – with more freedom for your interior designs
  • Free of forced air – does not blow dust into the air
  • Silent – can also run during the night
  • Installing sockets and light switches and hanging up pictures is no problem at all!
  • A comfortable room climate thanks to heat exchange
  • The temperature can be regulated individually for each room
  • Alternative energy sources such as heat pumps, solar or biomass can be used efficiently
  • Saves up to 25% heating costs
  • Maintenance-free
  • 10-year guarantee

Heating, cooling and a complete wall all in one: the system can provide all these. The water-based wall heating/cooling heats to a comfortable temperature in the winter and keeps the room pleasantly cool in the summer. It is a drywall construction, making it quick and easy to install. 

The benefits for you

  • Simple, flexible mounting in drywall construction
  • 10 panel formats for a range of different laying solutions
  • Complete system from a single source
  • Free advice and service – laying of the system, including laying plans
  • Energy-efficient, low-temperature system
  • For new buildings and refurbishment – including listed buildings
  • Can be combined with renewable energy sources
  • Corrosion-free heating and cooling pipes (aluminium multi-layer composite pipes)
  • A pioneer in surface heating and cooling systems, with 40 years’ experience
  • 10-year guarantee

The wall heating/cooling is a drywall construction, making it quick and easy to install. The ModulePanels are available in five fixed and five variable heights. They can be mounted on any pitched roof and complex roof construction. Once the panels are mounted, they only need to be spackled. Then they are ready for the final coat of paint.

The wall heating/cooling can also be installed at a later date and is ideal for listed buildings and sensitive refurbishment.

The benefits for you

  • Simple, flexible mounting in drywall construction
  • Ideal for wood constructions, prefabricated houses, penthouse flats and environmentally sensitive refurbishment
  • Greater comfort thanks to cooling and heating over a large area
  • Heating, cooling and finished wall in one
  • Fireproof gypsum fibre boards tested for their healthy building properties
  • Suitable for use in wet rooms, e.g. for bathroom refurbishment (up to stress group W3)
  • Flush-mounted electricity sockets are easy to integrate
  • Free planning and service included
  • Energy-efficient, low-temperature system
  • Ideal for refurbishment and listed buildings

The wall heating/cooling is a drywall construction, making it quick and easy to install. The ModulePanels are available in five fixed and five variable heights. They can be mounted on any pitched roof and complex roof construction. Once the panels are mounted, they only need to be spackled. Then they are ready for the final coat of paint.

The wall heating/cooling can also be installed at a later date and is ideal for listed buildings and sensitive refurbishment.

The benefits for you

  • Simple, flexible mounting in drywall construction
  • Ideal for wood constructions, prefabricated houses, penthouse flats and environmentally sensitive refurbishment
  • Greater comfort thanks to cooling and heating over a large area
  • Heating, cooling and finished wall in one
  • Fireproof gypsum fibre boards tested for their healthy building properties
  • Suitable for use in wet rooms, e.g. for bathroom refurbishment (up to stress group W3)
  • Flush-mounted electricity sockets are easy to integrate
  • Free planning and service included
  • Energy-efficient, low-temperature system
  • Ideal for refurbishment and listed buildings

Does wall heating/cooling have any disadvantages?

  • You should avoid placing furniture in front of the heated or cooled wall without prior planning, since the heat output could otherwise be impaired. Even so, it offers a great deal of freedom when it comes to your interior design. Why? Because there are no more unsightly radiators in the room.
  • When hanging up pictures, please be careful and locate the aluminium multi-layer composite pipes in advance using the pipe locator or thermofoil.